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Dasho Shingkhar Lam passes away

unnamed-14Dasho Shingkhar Lam passes away at 86 Photo: Family album

Former secretary of the royal secretariat and cabinet, Dasho Kunzang Wangchuk, popularly known as Shingkhar Lam, passed away at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital in Thimphu on the evening  of October 16.  He was 86. He was admitted to the hospital a week before, after suffering from a weak immune system.  He had been bedridden for almost 10 years. Born in March 1928 in Shingkhar, Bumthang, Dasho Shingkhar Lam began his career as a tozeb under the second King in 1944. He also [... Read More]

Survey of lateral highway on track

unnamed-11Road widening: Yotongla, the boundary between Trongsa and Bumthang

Road widening of the Chuserbu-Nangar section is due to start early next year Roads:  Road widening of the East-West lateral highway between Chuserbu, Trongsa, and Nangar, Bumthang, is slated to commence by early next year. So far, 13km of the Chuserbu-Nangar highway has been surveyed.  Survey works began from mid-September and are scheduled to be completed by December. With the government planning to shorten the current two-day journey required on the 333km East-West lateral highway to a day, the road widening survey is in full [... Read More]

Blasting training for roads engineers and others

PIC_0013Bomb squad: Trainees ready explosives for their practical tests

Given the ubiquity of the activity, a need was felt to ensure it was safe, systematic, and controlled  Blasting: Around 31 junior engineers and assistant engineers with the Department of Roads (DoR) from its nine regional offices across the country now have hands-on experience in safe, systematic, and controlled blasting. The training, initiated by the department, concluded yesterday.  Along with the engineers, there were 18 trainees, who were already blasters but not certified as specialists. During the five-day training, the engineers and other blasters learned [... Read More]

It’s either too little water or fear of too much

unnamed-9Drying up: Water sources in Wangdue are disappearing

While most farmers have run out of the resource, those in Punakha worry about overflowing lakes Water: Of late, farmers of Rubesa village, in the central district of Wangduephodrang, are in search of new water sources for drinking and irrigation purposes. Although water sources in the locality started drying up a few years ago, farmers did not  face acute water shortage like they do today. This, according to the Rubesa gup, Gyeltshen, was because of timely rainfall in the past.  There are about 100 households [... Read More]

Judge open to out of court settlement

unnamed-7Waiting repair: Some houses in Gidawom allegedly cracked by blasting at the mines

The conflicting parties were offered a way out of an otherwise long drawn out affair Gidawom: The legal battle between Gidawom community members and the four mines that operate above the villages has boiled down to two issues, the court stated, even though the parties continue to hurl numerous charges. Thimphu district court’s bench II drangpon, while presiding over the evidence submission from the defendants on October 15, said the main issues of contention are whether blasting caused cracks on walls of the houses in [... Read More]

Chengkari road in decrepit condition

unnamed-12Bumpy ride: Cracks and the potholes along the road have irked many

DoR: Barely three years after the road from the Indian border up to Chengkari in Nganglam was handed over to the Department of Roads (DoR), residents complaining about its poor quality. The road, which is part of the Nganglam-Gyalpozhing highway, passes through Nganglam town to Chengkari, where the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) is located, is damaged. Road users say accidents occur on this road frequently because it is difficult to negotiate the numerous potholes along the stretch. Pema Wangdi, a private employee said even [... Read More]

White cane safety day observed in Khaling

unnamed-10Right of way: Visually impaired students and Khaling residents observed the day with a walk

An international day to pay tribute to the international symbol of blindness Occasion: International day for “white cane safety” was observed by the Muenselling Institute in Khaling, Trashigang on October 15. The white cane is an instrument used by the blind for walking. To observe the day, students from the institute, Jigme Sherubling higher secondary school, and Khaling lower secondary school, visited the Rongthong Draktsho vocational centre. In Rongthong, almost a hundred officials of various agencies joined to also observe the day. Muenselling Institute principal [... Read More]

The Begana community of senior citizens

IMG_4622Left behind: More than twenty abandoned elderly people have made Begana chorten their home

Left to fend for themselves, these old folks can do with whatever help is forthcoming  Lifestyle: Like the elderly circumambulating the memorial chorten, about two dozen elderly men and women can be seen at the Begana chorten in the capital. But unlike the elderly in the city, who return to their families in the afternoon, the elderly at Begana go back to their rat-infested huts, curtained by a thick forest, a few metres above the chorten. While some of them are without family, others have [... Read More]

Collateral damage of biological corridor

DSC_5835-(1)Idle: The tanks that was constructed at Nu 20.5M

Water: The recent demarcation of the biological corridor in Nganglam has not only affected the Rinchenthang township plan but has also left three water reservoir tanks worth Nu 20.5M idle for the last two years. Covered in vegetation, the reservoir tanks, were constructed in 2012 as part of township activities in Rinchenthang, and stand about a kilometre away from the existing Nganglam town.  The construction of the tanks was the first activity implemented after the master plan was approved. However, with the biological corridor’s demarcation, [... Read More]

Second hearing on illegal roadside houses

The dzongkhag will present its rebuttal in court against the 18 charged households Drakteng: Court proceedings against 18 households, who constructed their houses within 50 feet of the highway against the road right of way in Drakteng, Trongsa, are underway since September 16. The second hearing for the 18 households in Drakteng will be done today, during which the dzongkhag administration will submit its rebuttal. Section 165 of the road act of Bhutan prohibits construction of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent structures within the road right [... Read More]

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